Ive just got a new Amd Athlon 64 X2 Processor it is the socket AM2 version, and i need help installing it. the instructions are basic and i am worried i dont have any heat paste can someone please help me.
Sometimes the headsync that somes with the CPU will have some already preapplied. If not you can pick up a bottel cheap. but son't but a whole lot on, a little dab will do ya
...true, but don't even think about putting that on and using it without the grease >:|
Also when installing the processor, don't use any force...none at all it should fall into place
If i were you i would just pick up a small tube of Arctic Silver and dab on there, it works much better than the grease thats preapplied on most things. and you will have some left for future use as well.
If you're worried about using thermal grease such as Arctic Silver, Akasa makes some pretty decent thermal interface pads. Won't be quite as good as AS, but a lot easier and better than the rubbish that will come on the heatsink already.
Artic Silver is Cheap, 5-6$ a small tube and is really CHEAP peace of mine. You want to make sure you apply an even thin layer and don't put too much on the edge so when you compress the CPU it doesn't smear over the side and into the pins. Stupid question, you DO have an AM2 board rite? Some side notes. There's a little "triangle" on the corner somewhere on the CPU, match it up with the "triangle" on the board as well. Also, make sure you lift up the little "lever" when removing and placing the Cpu. It's really very easy. If your HSF is not compatible, you'll have to remove the MotherBoard.
If you got the retail box, then all you have to do is put the heatsink on the processor (after the processor is in the socket). There should be a thin square layer of a gooey substance (dont touch it), that's all you need to have. Sure, you can upgrade to a 'better' thermal compound, I myself use Artic Silver 5 right now, but the one supplied with the processor is usually adequate for any normal use, even a little overclocking (at least this part was true with my 3700 SD). I had great temperatures with my AMD, and I was using only the stock thermal paste for a long time.
If you do choose to buy Arctic Silver, then all you need to do is put a little bead the size of a grain of rice on the center of the processor. The metal plate you see on the top side of the processor is a tiny heatsink of sorts. The piece that actually generates the heat can be seen on older processors, such as the AMD Athlon XP series ((link) that rectangle in the center is underneath that metal plate). When you put the heatsink on the pressure will spread out the bead, Arctic Silver also reccommends that you turn your heatsink clockwise and counterclockwise a few times to spread it around.